Man bilked for $10,000 in mail scam

A Franklin man mailed $10,000 in cash after someone told him his grandson was in trouble.

The man got a call from someone claiming to be his grandson, saying he had been in an accident and needed $10,000 to pay medical bills, according to a report from the Franklin Police Department.

He was then directed to call an attorney, who confirmed the story the first caller had told him. The woman who claimed to be an attorney told the resident to mail $10,000 in cash to Vermont, and not to tell anyone, the report said.

The resident mailed the money, and made sure it had gotten there. But he became suspicious when he could no longer reach the attorney, the report said.

He learned he had mailed the money to a shipping store, and police left a message, asking the store to keep the package if it hadn’t already been picked up, the report said.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.